Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla has been inducted into the India Green cricket team for the October 25-28 N K P Salve Challenger Series to be held at Ahmedabad.
"Murali Kartik has been given a rest. His place will be taken up by Piyush Chawla," said selection panel chief Dilip Vengsarkar on Monday.
Chawla suffered an ankle injury during India's triumphant campaign in the Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa last month and missed the subsequent seven-match ODI series against Australia as well as the one-off T20 International held in Mumbai last Saturday.
The injury to Chawla opened up a place for Kartik, who on his recall to the national team after a 20-month banishment, grabbed the chance with both hands and bowled splendidly.
The left-arm spinner from Railways appears a certainty when the team for the ODI series against Pakistan commencing at Guwahati on November 5 is picked in Ahmedabad on October 27.
Chawla will be playing under Gujarat's attacking wicketkeeper batsman Parthiv Patel in the three-team tournament also featuring India Red, led by Mohd Kaif, and India Blue, captained by Virender Sehwag.
The day/night limited overs tournament commences with a clash between India Red and India Blue and the final is slated for October 28.